State lacrosse championships

May 25, 1999|By Rick Belz, Lem Satterfield, Katherine Dunn and Glenn P. Graham

Today's games

Girls Class 3A-4A

No. 5 Annapolis (18-1) vs. No. 10 Liberty (17-2)

Time: 6 p.m.

Site: UMBC Stadium

Outlook: Defending champ Annapolis is after its third state title in four years. Liberty, appearing in its third title game in six years, is still looking for its first. The Panthers dominated Dulaney in the semifinals Saturday, scoring the game's first 11 goals in a 15-2 rout. They feature an aggressive and balanced attack with Kristy Dirks (45 goals, 31 assists), Sarah Oliphant (45, 30), Christy McNew (39, 30) and Acacia Walker (25, 22). Liberty avenged an 8-6 regular-season loss against then-No. 10 C. Milton Wright with a 9-5 win over the Mustangs in Friday's semifinal. Becky Trumbo scored three times and Jen Berarducci anchored the defensive effort. Michelle Allen leads the Lions in scoring with 32 goals and 51 assists. Last spring, Annapolis eliminated Liberty, 15-6, in the state semifinals.

Boys Class 3A-4A

No. 10 Severna Park (12-6) vs. No. 14 Fallston (16-3)

Time: 8 p.m.

Site: UMBC Stadium

Outlook: The Severna Park Falcons of Anne Arundel County have only three senior starters and are making their first appearance in the state title game. The Fallston Cougars of coach Joe Groszkowski are in their second final since being a runner-up to Towson in 1994. The Falcons play one of the toughest schedules of any public school team, having faced nine teams that have been ranked in The Sun's poll at some point this season. The average height and weight of Severna Park defenders Ryan McGarry, Joe Hickman and Dave Wagner is 6 feet 2, 205 pounds. Its offense is led by Hans Hergenroeder (33 goals, 11 assists) and midfielders Paul Burnett and Starke Mueller -- the latter of whom has 129 ground balls. Fallston will rely on versatile attackman Danny Velez (41, 36). Attackman Bob Evans has 28 goals and 19 assists, and Josh Warfield, 24 goals and 14 assists. Sophomore keeper Justin Fantom of the Harford County tri-champion Cougars played a critical role in Saturday's 9-6 semifinal win over Westminster, replacing starter Justin Evans, who left the game with a broken wrist.

Tomorrow's games

Boys Class 1A-2A

No. 15 Towson (13-3) vs.

Mount Hebron (14-5)

Time: 6 p.m.

Site: UMBC Stadium

Outlook: Both teams are seeking their fifth state titles and playing in their eighth title game. Towson's last title was in 1997 and Mount Hebron's was in 1991. The Vikings lost in overtime in the final three years in a row from 1995-97. In the semifinals, Towson ended Hereford's 13-game winning streak and Mount Hebron edged Queen Anne's. The Generals are led offensively by Josh Zennaro (37 goals, eight assists), Gavin Kimball (24, 13) and Ben DeFelice (17, 15. Chris Brown is a 6-3, 190-pound defender and Jess Markowitz is a two-time All-American at goalkeeper. Mount Hebron relies offensively on its attack of Mike Selawski (59, 20), Bryan Warner (34, 38) and Neal Goldman (37, 24). Matt Midura leads the Vikings' midfield, and Dave Smith, who is headed to UMBC, paces the defense. Goalkeeper Dan Valente has saved 65 percent of shots on goal.

Girls Class 1A-2A

No. 1 Mount Hebron (19-0) vs. No. 11 Towson (14-4)

Time: 8 p.m.

Site: UMBC Stadium

Outlook: This title game features a rematch of last year's final. This time, Towson will have to keep the Vikings from striking quickly. Mount Hebron scored three goals in the first minute and a half en route to a 9-7 victory last year. The Vikings, seeking their third straight title and their seventh in eight years, have the firepower to jump out in this game, as well, with five players scoring 50 or more points. All-Metro midfielder Lauren Kickham leads the Vikings with 51 goals and 29 assists, followed by Polly Purcell (37, 40), Alyssa Trocher (36, 36), Annie Collins (33, 29) and Bridget Frande (48, six). Before Friday's 9-6 semifinal win over No. 9 South River, the Vikings had won their previous 14 games by an average of 20.4 goals. They also play one of the quickest double-teaming defenses around, having allowed just 3.1 goals per game. The Generals, 1997 state champs, have relied heavily on top scorers Katie Dolan (69, 17) and Lindsay Buchanan (61, 36), but All-Metro midfielder Buchanan is sidelined with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. Dolan scored six goals and had an assist in Saturday's 19-4 semifinal victory over Edgewood, in which the Generals tied the Vikings' 1995 record for most goals by one team in a Class 1A-2A tournament game. --

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Pub Date: 5/25/99

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